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Vinicius was 12 years old when his parents divorced and he started going to church by himself in São Paulo. At first, his church was a place with “not a lot of good theology but not a lot of bad theology—just love for Jesus and evangelism.” But over the 12 years he spent there, the teaching moved steadily into “more health-and-wealth theology and coaching to be the best version of yourself.”

While browsing a Christian YouTube channel, he clicked a video that was trending in the United States—evangelist Paul Washer’s “shocking message.”

“It was a shock for me,” Vinicius said. “I remember crying that whole night, and a big hunger started in my heart. I wanted to know more about the Word.” He clicked on more videos, watching dozens by John Piper that Desiring God released for free. “I wanted more of the gospel I was hearing.”

In Brazil, Vinicius’s story is typical. More than 2.5 million have watched Washer’s “shocking message” with Portuguese subtitles. Another million have seen it dubbed in Portuguese. Many are continuing to dig deeper and deeper into Reformed theology. “Ten years ago, I didn’t think I’d ever see this enthusiasm for the gospel,” a Baptist missionary said. “It’s the best moment I’ve seen in my 26 years here.”

Ways to pray:

  1. Praise God the gospel is growing in a tremendous way in Brazil
  2. For TGC Brazil as it continues to produce gospel-centered content through original resources and translations
  3. For thousands of internet searchers, that they would find Christ-exalting content and that their hearts would be softened to the gospel

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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